Feel the Love at Shedd Aquarium

February 6, 2014

Shedd offers Valentine's Day weekend discounts and date ideas; FREE general admission Feb. 14-18

CHICAGO - Shedd Aquarium is celebrating guests’, staff members' and volunteers’ love for the World’s Aquarium this Valentine’s Day by offering free general admission, couples activities and love-struck discounts February 14-18. Sweethearts visiting the aquarium can create a Valentine for their favorite animal, learn about primal relationships during live animal encounters, and take advantage of all the romantic activities Shedd has to offer.

During Shedd’s Illinois Resident Discount Days sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Ford Motor Company, Illinois residents can enjoy FREE general admission to the original galleries and discounted rates on admission that includes Wild Reef, Polar Play Zone and the Abbott Oceanarium. Shedd is offering five discount days, beginning on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, and running through Tuesday, Feb. 18; Feb. 14 and 15 will serve as make-up discount days previously cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. Proof of residency must be provided in person when purchasing tickets at the discounted rate.

Illinois Resident Discount Days
Feb. 14-18
FREE General Admission (Original Galleries only)

Discounted Shedd Pass
Adults: $20.95; children (ages 3-11): $13.95 (includes Wild Reef, Polar Play Zone, Abbott Oceanarium)

Feel the love and take advantage of the discount days at Shedd with special programming, discounts, and activities throughout Valentine’s Day weekend Feb. 14 through 18. Swing by the Amazon Rising or Islands and Lakes galleries for live animal encounters with Shedd staff available to talk about animal relationships and behaviors, or to answer any general questions, each day throughout Valentine’s Day weekend at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Enjoy the city skyline and frozen lake views from the comfort of Shedd’s cafes, then take a stroll through the tranquil, mesmerizing Jellies special exhibit. 

Savor the moment of your Shedd visit by receiving $5 off color caricature drawings. Additionally, there will be special Valentine’s Day treats available in Shedd’s cafes, as well as free Ghirardelli chocolate gifts for the first guests to purchase a Total Experience Pass while supplies last. Cap off the date with a visit to the gift shop for special discounts on gifts for your special someone — pick a sweet for your sweet with an extra 30 percent off sale items, and for every $25 purchases in the gift shops, guests may pick from a selection of Valentine’s Day- themed candies priced at $1.

Continue your romantic weekend at Shaw’s Crab House! Guests who visit Shedd Aquarium on Feb. 16 or 17 may bring their ticket from one of those two days to Right Bite partner Shaw’s Crab House to receive $25 dollars off their table’s meal of $50 or more. Shedd members may present their member identification card on Feb. 16 or 17 to receive the same discount. Offer is valid Feb. 16 or 17 in the main dining room and oyster bar.

Share special moments at Shedd, whether it's a date night or why you love Shedd and your favorite animal using the hashtag #feelthelove on Facebook and Twitter. Visit www.facebook.com/sheddaquarium for Valentine's Day e-cards to share with your loved ones.

Take the next big step in your relationship and adopt an animal at Shedd. With the Adopt-an-Animal program at Shedd, couples can symbolically adopt a Shedd animal of their choice — including belugas, penguins and dolphins. 

Solidify your Valentine as a long-term partner by purchasing a Joint membership at Shedd, or for the globe-trotting couple, venture outside of Chicago with Shedd’s animal experts on a 2014 Shedd Adventures trip. This July, immerse yourself in beluga whale watching during the Arctic summer in Churchill, or set sail in Southeast Alaska for a week of exploring glaciers and secluded wilderness.

Make the ultimate marriage proposal to your sweetheart with Shedd’s Beluga encounter proposal experience which provides a romantic setting for two through an up-close encounter with Shedd’s charismatic beluga whales, champagne upon request and a private poolside moment to get down on bended knee.

Show your love for the aquarium every time you shop on Amazon at no cost to you with AmazonSmile where 0.5 percent of your total spending will go toward Shedd Aquarium.

Joint membership
(Includes admission for two and separate membership cards)

(Choose from penguin, dolphin or beluga)
$25, $50 or $75 tax-deductible donation

Shedd Adventures: Alaska and Churchill, Canada
Inquire at 312-692-3161 or cmell@sheddaquarium.org

Beluga encounter proposal
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m.
$450 for two people ($400 for members)

Amazon Smile
*NOTE: you must shop via AmazonSmile to ensure you are using the give back program. Choose "Shedd," then shop away.

For more information, please call 312-939-2438 or visit www.sheddaquarium.org/discounts.html.

Shedd Aquarium is supported by the people of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the Chicago Park District. Shedd Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.

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